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Zhang talks up incentive programs for Taiwanese

Staff writer, with CNA

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) on Friday said that the Chinese government is poised to carry out a series of previously promised incentive programs for Taiwanese businesses operating in China.

He said that he had earlier assured representatives of Taiwanese businesses that the Chinese government would not backtrack on the promises Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) affirmed during a meeting in Fujian Province on Wednesday.

Zhang made the pledge to former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), who is in Nanjing in his capacity as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman, leading a delegation of KMT officials for a series of events marking the 10th anniversary of a meeting between then-KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and former Chinese president and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary Hu Jintao (胡錦濤).

Zhang said that at the meeting in Fujian, Li heard a myriad of concerns faced by Taiwanese businesspeople, including their misgivings over incentive programs, intellectual property protection and access to financing, and pledged that China would honor its previous commitments on those issues.

Meanwhile, the events commemorating the groundbreaking meeting between Lien and Hu are setting the stage for a meeting between Chinese President and CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) and New Taipei City Mayor and KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) on May 4.

Zhang said it was more important than ever to review the progress made over the past decade and bolster future cross-strait ties.

Hau said it took great fortitude for leaders of both parties to step forward 10 years ago to begin the journey toward establishing peace between Taiwan and China, and progress in the endeavor had accelerated markedly since 2008.

The most tangible reflections of such efforts are the economic boost brought by the influx of Chinese visitors to Taipei and the many instances where a cross-strait agreement to fight crime and provide mutual legal assistance had borne fruit, Hau said.

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